January 7, 2018

Postgame Notes: Ohio State 80, No. 1 Michigan State 64


Ohio State 80 (13-4, 4-0 B1G), No. 1 Michigan State 64 (15-2, 3-1 B1G)
Jan. 7, 2017
Value City Arena– Columbus, Ohio
Attendance: 17,599


  • The game marked the 125th meeting between Ohio State and Michigan State.
  • The Buckeyes are 57-68 all-time against the Spartans, and 37-23 at home.
  • Ohio State is 3-3 against Michigan State when the Spartans are ranked in the top 5.
  • Ohio State’s last win vs. a top 5 ranked opponent was a 74-67 victory Dec. 19, 2015 against Kentucky.
  • The Buckeyes are 9-11 all-time against No. 1 ranked teams.
  • Ohio State’s last win against a No. 1 ranked team was 49-48 win over Wisconsin Feb. 25, 2007 in Columbus.


  • Ohio State held Michigan State to a season-low 33.3% shooting in the first half.
  • The Buckeyes are 11-2 this season when leading at the half.
  • Ohio State is 12-1 on the year when leading with five minutes remaining.
  • Ohio State is 8-0 on the season when shooting 50% or better from the field.
  • The Buckeyes are 13-1 when scoring 70 or more points this season.
  • Ohio State is 9-2 this season when Keita Bates-Diop is the team’s leading scorer.
  • The Buckeyes committed a season-low six turnovers in the contest.
  • The Buckeyes are 12-2 when holding opponent to less than 50% shooting on the season.
  • Ohio State is 10-2 on the season when leading at the half.

Chris Holtmann

  • The game marked the first time Chris Holtmann has faced Michigan State in his career.
  • The victory was Holtmann’s fourth victory over a top 5 ranked team and his second victory over a No. 1 ranked team.
  • Holtmann’s last victory vs. a No. 1 ranked team was a 66-58 victory over No. 2 Villanova Jan. 4, 2017.
  • Holtmann’s last victory against a top 5 ranked team was a 74-66 victory over Villanova Feb. 22, 2017

Keita Bates-Diop

  • Keita Bates-Diop made a career-high 12 field goals on his way to scoring a career-high 32 points.
  • Bates-Diop’s 32 points put his career total at 944. Bates-Diop is on pace to become the 55th Buckeye to record 1,000 career points.

Kam Williams

  • Kam Williams scored 10 points in the game while going 2-2 from 3-point range.
  • William’s two 3-pointers give him 155 for his career and move him into sole possession of fifth place in Ohio State history for 3-pointers in a career.

Jae’Sean Tate

  • Jae’Sean Tate recorded 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a rebound in the game.
  • Tate’s 13 points bring his career total to 1,313 and tie him with Jamar Butler (1,313) for the 30th spot on the Ohio State all-time scoring list.